- Jun 2, 2020
As countries continue to reel from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis offered prayers for the men and women who have been unable to work.
Catholic advocates for poor people decried a new federal rule that tightens work requirements which determine eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and is expected to force hundreds of thousands to lose food stamps.
Catholic Bishops in Kenya are concerned about the high rate of unemployment in the country, saying it poses a serious security threat to the nation.
Pope Francis’s prayer video for the month of October is dedicated to all workers, so that they “may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.”
“There is no good society without a good union, and there is no good union that isn’t reborn every day in the peripheries, that doesn’t transform the rejected stones of the economy into corner stones,” Pope Francis told Italian union leaders, though also adding that “unions over time have ended up resembling politicians too much.”
A recent “Atlantic” piece charged that Christian theologians aren’t adequately engaging the issues posed by Artificial Intelligence, but part of that is because many theologians can see beyond the hype. Moreover, many theologians and even Pope Francis actually are addressing the real issues.